Hey everyone! Well it’s that time again – where are the months going?! I’m delighted that I managed to read 9 books in March. I’m happy with this because one of the books was 700 pages and another was over 900 (!!) so that’s like two and three times the size of an average book! So I’m not at all worried about my final number.
Middlemarch by George Eliot
This absolute giant of a book was the only classic I managed to get through this month. I joined in with the #middlemarching readalong on Instagram and I’m really glad I did as I think I would have struggled with this one if I just tried to read it on my own. There are some rather dull parts about hospital policies and the like, but the winning aspect of this novel is its characterisation. Eliot is a master. 4 stars.
Review Books/Books I was sent
Swimming Lessons by Clare Fuller
I don’t know what I expected from this one but it wasn’t what I got. I feel like my unrealistic expectations have affected my rating of it so I would still suggest reading it if you’re interested because friends of mine have loved it! It ended up feeling quite average for me. 3 stars.
The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter by Cherry Radford
I was sent an ARC of this one but, sadly, I didn’t really connect with it. I don’t enjoy giving negative reviews so I’ll just say that it wasn’t for me and leave it at that. 2 stars.
Hold My Hand by M. J. Ford
I had mixed feelings about this one but overall I enjoyed it thanks to its crazy ending! The end of the book is definitely its strongest point so it’s worth persevering through the slightly slow start. I have a full spoiler-free review here. 3.5 stars.
The Friendship Cure by Kate Leaver
This non-fiction read was sent to me by Duckworth Publishing and I really enjoyed it. It explores the dynamics of friendships (including those we make online) and I found it fascinating. My full review is here. 4 stars.
Books from my TBR
The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty
This was a fantastic debut adult fantasy with some exquisite world-building! I was completely captivated by it and absolutely raced through it. Check out my full spoiler-free (fangirling) review here! 5 stars.
The Storm Sister by Lucinda Riley
The sequel to The Seven Sisters, which was my favourite read last month, was equally as brilliant. This one took place in the frozen fjords of Norway as opposed to the sultry heat of Brazil but the storyline was just as gripping. I loved the focus on music also. Even though this one was 700 pages, it could have continued on and I would never have been bored – can you tell I love this series?! 5 stars.
Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao
This evil queen origins story was a buddy read with my good friend Jen on Instagram. It was surprisingly dark! We both agreed that there was some nice world-building but the author could have taken it further (give us the purple prose!) The plot was a little slow in places but the last 100 pages were action-packed! 4 stars.
The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley
This book has been on my TBR for years and I’m kicking myself for waiting so long because I LOVED IT. I was so emotionally invested and can’t wait to read more from this author. Anyone of Scottish descent or interested in Scottish history needs to read this! I’m so glad my book club chose this as our March pick. 5 stars.
Books read: 9
Total pages: 4336
Average pages per day: 140
Longest book: Middlemarch (912 pages)
Shortest book: The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter (301 pages)
Favourite read of the month: The Winter Sea
Biggest disappointment of the month: The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter
Male authors: 1
Female authors: 8
Books read towards Pop Sugar Reading Challenge: 4
So the books from my TBR were the clear winners this month! I participated in #readforwomen for the second month in a row (apart from one male-authored book which I had to read to review) and I loved reading from so many talented female authors.
How many books did you read this month? Tell me your favourites!